Lola and the Boy Next Door

September 20, 2011 Uncategorized 5

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
Pages: 338
Source: Borrowed from Michelle at Hooked to Books

About the Book:Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Thoughts: I NEED MORE STEPHANIE PERKINS BOOKS! Seriously. If you’ve read my review of Anna and the French Kiss you know that to say I liked it is a gross understatement. I adore that book. Like… every time I think about it I smile and get giddy. Basically I’m crushin’ on it. Needless to say I had high hopes for Lola and the Boy Next Door. It exceeded them. I borrowed it from a friend and considered letting the friendship go just so I could keep the book and read it over and over! (For the record, Michelle did let me keep it longer but I sent it back to be loved by others! Also, Michelle is awesome.)

Yet again Stephanie Perkins has crafted a story that will have you sighing in contentment at the end. The story is sweet but not too cheesy. The characters and events are authentic and unique. It’s not all perfect life/instalove-y. I want to hang out with these people. Heck, I want to be Lola! I love the relationships, the banter, the clothes! I could go on and on and on and on. If this book were a boy I’d totally be that harmless somewhat obsessive stalker like girl! I have so much love! Honestly one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Bottom Line: Do. Not. Miss. This. Book. You will be missing out on so much awesome. If you’ve not read Anna and the French Kiss you’re doing yourself a disservice. Go read it. Now. I mean it. Go!

Random Things I Loved:
*The names Lola and Cricket
*The people on the cover
*Lola’s family
*Lola’s three wishes
*Bakelite bracelets!!!! Love those things!
*”Heavens to Betsy”
*Lola = the Kinks song (if you’ve never heard it go here and remedy that immediately!)
*Max = Where the Wild Things Are
*Anna & Etienne’s appearances.
*Quirky Cricket!
* There were so many I stopped taking notes!  

5 Responses to “Lola and the Boy Next Door”

  1. Jac

    I keep hearing that this one exceeded peoples expectations!! I’m so excited for that!! I cannot wait to read this book! (Possibly the most anticipated book EVER for me! I’d say even moreso than Breaking Dawn was…)

    I know my most anticipated bit is Anna & Etienne making a cameo! But I also know that I will love every single word of this book; I just know it! And you’ve got my curious about the Bakelite Bracelets!

  2. DarthClavie

    Well, I didn’t love Anna but I do plan to read this one!
    I hadn’t heard that Lola song, I mostly associate the name to the song “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl…” LOL

    but the lola song you suggested was nice too! :D

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